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Spencer girls handle Cherokee

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Cherokee defenders Clare Tuttle (14) and Katy Hart hold their ground against Spencer's 6-1 Ashley Williamson in Cherokee Friday. Photo by Paul Struck
The Spencer Tigers jumped out to a 12-4 lead in the first quarter, sustained a 23-13 bulge at halftime, and then pulled away with a 15-6 scoring run in the third quarter to bounce the Cherokee Washington High girls 44-32 in Lakes Conference basketball action here Friday night.

Katie Sambrano and Megan Hummel paced Cherokee's scoring with nine points each in the face of Spencer's daunting half-court defensive pressure.

Jackie Wilson added seven points and Megan Carlson six.

Cherokee's Megan Hummel dribbles the ball into a Spencer defender during Lakes Conference basketball action here Friday. Photo by Paul Struck
Ashley Mahrt and Ashley Williamson led Spencer's scoring with 13 points apiece.

Cherokee shot 10-55 from the field for an arctic 18 percent, and was an eye-popping 1-24 from the three-point line. The WHS gals were 11-19 from the free throw line. The Tigers converted 6-13 free throws.

Hummel led Cherokee in rebounding with a dozen, and Liz Dawson grabbed six, and also led her team in steals with four.

"We struggled to get good looks against their tough half court defense and when we got open looks we shot the ball poorly," said Cherokee coach Heath Hagberg.

"Shanon Shaefer (varsity starter) was ill and did not play which caused us some difficulty. I thought we played hard the entire game but struggled on the offensive end with execution."

The Cherokee teams host Spirit Lake Friday night in more Lakes Conference basketball action.

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